What’s a happenin’

Originally posted on Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog:
I’ve had this week off of my regular job so I’ve been able to work in the nursery. I found these ficus microcarpa retusa “tiger bark” at a nursery in south Florida. They look like they were Chinese imports. But it seems as though may have been there for many years. The trunk caliper was much… Continue reading What’s a happenin’

Art is a lie that makes us see the Truth

Originally posted on Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog:
That quote, in all its incarnations, has been attributed to artists, writers, poets, philosophers, actors. Like this Ficus microcarpa, the quote comes in many varieties. This tre was once called “nitida”. Kinda like a tiger bark but without the bark. Get out the saw, add a little wire. Do you know what the purpose of wire… Continue reading Art is a lie that makes us see the Truth

A Rooftop Bonsai Garden in the Windy City

Originally posted on Michael Hagedorn:
A friend has fought the wind on his top story house in Chicago for years. At a distance I’ve cheered him on. This summer he built a new structure to protect his trees. I thought it worth sharing, as so many have wind issues. In this post he shares the construction of this structure and his thought behind it. Having… Continue reading A Rooftop Bonsai Garden in the Windy City

Fall work on a black pine, continued

Originally posted on Nebari Bonsai:
Last week we covered techniques of thinning and pruning. Once that is complete, branches can be arranged to expose them to more sunlight, and making the appearance of the tree more organized. After removing wires that were digging in: After adding a couple guy-wires to lower some heavy branches: Finish wiring the upper portions: The apex will need to be… Continue reading Fall work on a black pine, continued

Apex refinement on a hawthorn

Originally posted on Nebari Bonsai:
This hawthorn was trunk-chopped in ’99, and collected in ’00. Every branch has been grown over the last 14 years. As bonsai start to mature, it becomes necessary to refine areas that have already been refined. This can be difficult because of the sweat equity already invested, but trees continue to grow, and these tasks become necessary to keep the… Continue reading Apex refinement on a hawthorn

Chinese quince in the ground

Originally posted on Nebari Bonsai:
This is very much a work in progress, and it will be several years before we see anything close to refined…No surprise endings in this post. If you’re not interested in growing out material in the ground to become bonsai…well, at least the fall color shows up a bit. Chinese quince, Pseudocydonia chinensis, a temperate China native, is known for… Continue reading Chinese quince in the ground

Another year (or two) in the life of an Arakawa JBP

Originally posted on Nebari Bonsai:
First off…if you’re reading this, you’ve hung through a break seemingly longer than AMC takes between seasons of their original series. Thank you. This has been a busy year of change and bonsai has been on the periphery at best. I’ll make a post on that at some point too, as I effectively took the year off any non-urgent bonsai… Continue reading Another year (or two) in the life of an Arakawa JBP